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TOP TEN MOST HAUNTED NEW ORLEANS LOCATIONS
TOP TEN MOST HAUNTED PLACES IN NEW ORLEANS
Many locals know the best place to experience a one-on-one encounter with some of the resident ghosts and ghouls that haunt New Orleans. Haunted New Orleans Tours has created a definitive guide to some of the city’s spookiest and most ghost-ridden Locations where specters make contact with the living on an almost daily basis.
The following list of haunted locations are those most frequently reported to Haunted New Orleans Tours as where ghost are sighted AND most often ghost photos happen frequently.
1. Lalaurie House
1140 Royal Street, that is notorious even by the bizarre traditions of the French Quarter. Built in 1831, the three-story edifice was the home of Dr. Louis Lalaurie and his fashionable wife Delphine, esteemed for her elegant balls as well as for her charitable work among the sick and the poor. 1834, when a fire broke out in the Lalaurie residence. Firemen smashed open a locked interior door and came upon a scene surpassing horror: There, chained and suffocating in the heat and smoke, were seven starved and severely beaten slaves. Upstairs, in a sort of macabre laboratory, the fire patrol found more slaves, some dead, others barely alive with limbs amputated or purposefully deformed. Preserved organs and other body parts completed the picture.
Money mysterious photos occur often at the Lalularie house. Balcony ghost photos and haunted videos usually show orbs, strands of mist and the figures of a ghost or two walking it's legnth.
Considered by locals visitors and paranormal investigators world wide as actually the most haunted cemetery No. # 1 haunted Cemetery in all the United States.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Some of the more interesting tombs in St. Louis Number One are a huge tomb that holds the remains of some of the participants in the Battle of New Orleans; chess champion Paul Morphy; New Orleans' first black mayor, Ernest N. "Dutch" Morial. But the most famous and interesting tomb here is said to be where Voodoo Queen Marie Leveaux is buried. People still visit her tomb to light candles, perform various religious acts and leave offerings. New Orleans' first black mayor, Ernest N. "Dutch" Morial is buried right next to her.
Across the street, with its front facing N. Rampart St., is Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which originally was the mortuary chapel built to handle the funerals and last rites of victims of yellow fever in 1826. It is the oldest surviving church in the city.
Vault burial was introduced in New Orleans during the Spanish regime, and our oldest cemetery -- St. Louis No. 1 (1789) -- has society tombs built by the French Society, the Portuguese Benevolent Association, the Cervantes Mutual Benefit Society, the Italian Society, and the Orleans Battalion of Artillery.
This New Orleans graveyard is said to be haunted by the ghost of the world famous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau. Her spirit has been reported inside of the cemetery, walking between the tombs wearing a red and white turban with seven knots in it, and mumbling a original New Orleans Santeria Voodoo curse to Cemetery trespassers. Her Voodoo curse is loud and very audible, heard often by passerby's on nearby Rampart Street. Locals say this has started in recent years for she is alarmed by the many vandals and state of the cemetery.
Voudon Believers and Tourist and locals still come to Marie Laveaus tomb daily to leave many, many Voodoo offerings. (candles, flowers,the monkey and the cock wish statue, Mardi Gras beads and parade Krewe dabloons, Gris Gris bags, Money, Voodoo dolls and food) All in hopes of being blessed by her supernatural powers from beyond the grave. Many make a wish at her tomb marking three X's. while others say they have her Ghost on film emerging undead from her tomb.
Voodoos of the New Orleans Secret Society say her soul appears here as a shiny large black Voodoo cat, with fire red eyes. If you see this Were cat run! One New Orleans Voodoo Manbo suggest upon seeing this Devil cat, cross your self three times and back away. One should never let the cat see your back. If Marie's spirit, or Devil cat sees it... you will be cursed for ever to do her bidding.
Others say Marie laveaus familiar, her large snake that she called Zombi, (or spelled Zombie, or Zomby) is buried in the tomb with her body. One voodooist says he was placed in the coffin alive with Marie's dead body by her daughter Marie Laveau II . A story or two have been told over the years of people seeing a large black boa constrictor, or black anaconda over 12 feet long slithering amongst and between or through the tombs tight small allies. Always close to Marie Laveaus' tomb is Zombi, guarding it night and day. local New Orleans Voodooist say this is a great ghost snake spirit, not a real snake. A few young teenaged boys on a recent Haunted cemetery tour tried to catch Zombi, they said they chased him down a tight alley and Zombi just disappeared. Zombi's ghost has been said to be seen high atop Marie Laveaus' tomb basking in the noon day Sun. He protects her tomb from those that mock her says many of the Voodooist of Marie Laveaus secret Society. One tale of this ghost snake tells that Zombi followed a recent New Orleans visitor back to her hotel room. He appeared and began to wrap his coils around her as she slept, Zombi frightened her out of her wits. The reason, she spit on Marie Laveaus grave.
Often stories or told of Ghostly nude Voodoo Probationers in an eternal dark secret Ritual. Always after midnight and well into the early morning hours. With Marie laveaus' ghost dressed in white presiding over the ritual. Nude Voodoo Ghost dancers, male and female can be seen and heard in an orgy of spiritual Voodoo calling dow the power.
Many times fine china plates and cups and saucers and ornate silverware or found through out St Louis No.1 graveyard. Paranormal Investigators say this is part of the ancient wiccan practice of the occult. It is called the" Dumb Supper". This is a old ritual, a mock table setting of a meal. An two empty plates filled with invisible ghostly food. It is usually a setting for the ghost and the a setting for the person who questions the ghost. This is to call the dead to answer your most sought after questions. Sometimes wine glasses or even bottles of rum and or wine, cigars or packs of cigarettes, bags of chips, or candy or even many times a loaf of french bread. All this can be found placed before many of it's tombs. Visitors think it's litter, but if you look at how it is placed you then realize it is a special ghost offering to the spirits of the cemetery.
Other know and un known ghost haunt this cemetery, there is a ghost called by some Henry. This haunted Cemetery Ghost story tells that he gave his tomb to the lady who owned a boarding house to keep the papers for him if he died. Local workers for the cemetery say she sold the tomb when he was away at sea. When he returned he died and was buried in potters field. Every day his ghost is said to walk up to someone visiting the cemetery asking if they know the where about's of the Vignes' tomb. Many a tour guide has related the tale of Henry and have said how he appears ragged and lost. And his blue eyes will look right into yours. The tall white shirt dressed man seems very real. Until he walk away into thin air. Sometimes he will tap you on the shoulder, or lead you to a lone tight alley between tombs asking " Do you Know anything about this Tomb here?" Then he disappears. Henry has also been known to have walked up to people at burials and asked if they think there's room in the tomb for him! His voice often appears on EVP's saying I "I need to rest!" And in ghost Photos he appears in a Dark suit with no shirt.
Another well known ghost of St. Louis No.1 is that of Alphonse he is a lonely young man and will take you by the hand telling you his name and asking can you help him find his way home. He is also known by some to be seen carrying flowers and vases from other tombs and placing them on his own. Those who have seen him say he is afraid of a tomb with the name Pinead on it and is said to warn visitors to stay away from it. He always has a smile on his face but is said to start crying then just disappear. Alphonse has been Known to turn up in many of a ghost Photo.
Ghost cats and dogs are said to prowl the cemetery daily. Very near the great walls of oven tombs. None of these ghost animals have ever shown signs of meanness. Several Tour guides say these are the animals of an 1800's cemetery keepers guard dogs and pets. Often they lurk the cemetery waiting for their owner who was buried in St. Louis No.2 to return to feed and care for them.
Etienne Bore, pioneer in sugar development; and, Paul Morphy, world famous chess champion and many more are buried here.
"Easy Rider" featured Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda tripping out at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, Orbs, ghost photos, EVP"S, strange paranormal phenomena and ghost activity, Voodoo rituals, witchcraft, and haunting's to many to mention all happen in this the most haunted Cemetery in America
A paranormal research team identified four ghosts at LePavillon including a 19th century teenage girl, a young aristocratic couple from the 1920’s, and a dapper gentleman from the same era who likes to play pranks on the cleaning staff.
"Imagination governs the world"- Napoleon Bonaparte
With a history stretching back to the Gilded Age and impeccable French décor throughout, Le Pavillon Hotel of New Orleans piques the imagination in a way that even the Emperor himself would applaud.
Located in the heart of downtown New Orleans, Historic Le Pavillon Hotel is adjacent to the French Quarter, only five short blocks to the celebrated music clubs of Bourbon Street and the famous restaurants and antique shops of Royal Street. Within a five-minute walk, you can find yourself at the Louisiana Superdome for a NFL Saints home game or at the New Orleans Arena for a world-class concert or NBA Hornet's game.
If your travel to New Orleans is conference related, you will be pleased to know that Le Pavillon is only eight blocks to the Morial Convention Center, the largest convention center in Louisiana. During Carnival season, Le Pavillon Hotel offers an ideal location; as Mardi Gras parades roll only two blocks away from the grand entrance of this classic New Orleans hotel.
Opened in 1907, Le Pavillon Hotel New Orleans is a member of Historic Hotels of America and maintains membership in the exclusive Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Le Pavillon Hotel of New Orleans has been the proud recipient of AAA's four-diamond award since 1996. Out of hundreds of eligible New Orleans Hotels, Le Pavillon Hotel was named to the "Gold List" by Condé Nast.
In a world of steel-and-glass skyscrapers and cookie-cutter design, the age of grand hotels seems long gone. A rare exception: Le Pavillon Hotel of New Orleans is where guests can instantly conjure the days of genteel luxury, romantic evenings and glittering nights.
Often called "The Belle of New Orleans." Le Pavillion offers turn-of-the-century charm in the heart of downtown New Orleans. Twenty foot Italian statues representing Peace and Prosperity greet you at the Poydras Street front door. Inside this spectacular grand hotel you'll find crystal chandeliers, historic antiques and several lively ghost.
Noteworthy, among the hotel's impressive collection of historic antiques, are a distinctive portrait of a lady of the French Court that hangs in the Crystal Room. Two stipulations to the hotel's purchase of the painting were that it would never leave New Orleans and that it be the only painting of a woman in the room where it was to be hung.
The hotel also boasts the largest gas lantern in the United States, which hangs burning at the front porch.
Proudly sitting in our Castle Suite, is a magnificent hand carved marble bathtub, which was a gift from Napoleon to a wealthy Louisiana plantation owner. A similar tub that had belonged to Napoleon is housed in the Louvre.
Palace Suite 730
This extremely rare marble bathtub is purported to have been owned by Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France. It is hand carved from one single large block of white carrera marble. It is said that the Louisiana Purchase was signed by Napoleon in a marble tub. It is one of only three known to exist in the world today. One of them is proudly displayed in The Louvre Museum in Paris, France, while the other is in a private collection.
This Haunted New Orleans hotel makes guests feel at home by providing homelike touches like complimentary evening peanut butter finger sandwiches.
At one point a few years ago the hotel management hired paranormal investigators, who identified several ghosts in the hotel. one group found four another say they documented over 100.
Strange noises in the night apparitions of figures standing at the foot of different beds. Bed sheets being tugged into the air after midnight, and disappearing items only to turn up in odd places. One guest visiting for a large medical convention held in New Orleans last year gave an account of a old gray haired woman sitting on the side of his bed, he said he felt the weight of her body on the bed and her cold hands stroking his head and saying "I will never let you go." he turned on the light and she faded away. And Yes, He checked out within the hour.
Paranormal investigators And visitors have deemed this Number 1 one of the most haunted hotels in New Orleans.
BEWARE! Hidden by the luxurious décor are many tales of eerie occurrences and ghostly happenings. It is said that the entire cleaning staff refuses to go on a certain floor. There have been sightings of more ghosts at this hotel then any other in the haunted Bigh Easy.
On June 24, 1991 Le Pavillon was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Le Pavilions' sister hotel the Driskill, in Austin, Texas is also reported to be very haunted also.
In other cities, gourmands may get excited about a restaurant one minute and the next minute, the spot has been turned into a hardware store. Not so in old New Orleans, where restaurants can become part of the family. None of these moreso, it seems, than Arnaud's. New Orleans families have been visiting Arnaud's for generations, choosing it as the location where they want to commemorate their most important family events and milestones.
Founded by a colorful French wine salesman names Arnaud Cazenave, Arnaud's recently celebrated 80 years of serving New Orleans families and visitors the finest cuisine in a classic atmosphere that speaks of Old World grandeur and a simpler time.
In fact, so beloved has this dining institution become to New Orleanians that many have simply decided to spend eternity there.
Arnaud Cazenave is said to be the most active spirit in the restaurant, perhaps still hanging around to make sure that everything is being kept in order and to his liking. Cazenave, whom most New Orleanians came to call Count Arnaud, for no apparent reason as he was not nobility, was a stickler for service in the grand French style, and it is likely he still maintains these standards today. If silverware and napkins are not set to his liking, the staff says he has no qualms about moving them; If he does not like the set up at the bar, he will rearrange it until he does. The kitchen, the service areas, no space is off-limits to the ghost of Count Arnaud.
Just before Count Arnaud died, he let it be known that his successor was to be his daughter Germaine Cazenave Wells who guided the venerable institution through many years.
The Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum was opened at Arnaud's Restaurant in her honor in 1983 by then-proprietor Archie A. Casbarian. Open free to the public during restaurant hours, the collection of Carnival court gowns, costumes and other memorabilia made in France provides a rare glimpse of the private side of Mardi Gras.
The museum has two basic themes-what Mardi Gras is and who Mrs. Wells and her family were. The museum brings together more than two dozen lavish Mardi Gras costumes, including 13 of Mrs. Wells' queen costumes, one of her mother's and one of her daughter's, as well as four king's costumes worn by Count Arnaud, (whose title was entirely local and honorary) and six children's costumes.
The spirit of Germaine Cazenave is said to haunt this area of the restaurant and Mardi Gras Museum most frequently. There have been reports from employees and patrons who have been startled to see a misty form appear among the many Mardi Gras gowns and keepsakes. That misty form is said to be the daughter of Count Arnaud.
The restaurant serves classic Creole dishes, including the Count’s own spicy recipe forRemoulade Sauce. The restaurant features many dining rooms and the French 75 bar.
One drive through this major city intersection and it’s obvious to see why the area ranks number one on our list of Haunted New Orleans Streets. This major intersection once marked the outermost limits of the old city of New Orleans and is a location where an amazing thirteen cemeteries converge. Beyond the intersection is the median (in New Orleans vernacular, the “neutral ground”) that once was the location of the New Basin Canal: in itself yet another graveyard for so many Irish, German and Italian immigrants died in digging it and all of them were buried where they fell.
There have been a variety of reports stemming from encounters near vortex of the dead: from spirits seen walking hand in hand down the wide avenues of Greenwood Cemetery, to the plaintive, disembodied voices that call to bus riders waiting at the corner near Odd Fellow’s Rest, the reports are astonishing. Near this location several witnesses have spotted the ghost of a young woman dressed all in white running into the path of oncoming traffic at the corner where Canal Boulevard becomes Canal Street. Some have speculated that the figure is that of a bride and they point to the fact that one of New Orleans’ legendary reception and dining halls – Lenfant’s -- stood nearby for decades. Why the bride is running or what she might be searching for will forever remain a mystery. Others who have seen her have debunked the bride theory for something more sinister: they have said she has all the appearance of a pale, ghostlike creature, with a gaunt, skeletal face and long, bony hands that make a horrible “clack-clacking” noise on the car doors of the hapless souls who wait too long at the Canal Boulevard stop sign. There have been other reports of ghostly funerals passing through the CLOSED gates of the Masonic cemetery late in the night, and this is one of the intersections where the infamous Haunted Bus is said to stop, and barrel on into the empty night. If you happen by this particular intersection remember: here the dead truly outnumber the living, and they are not restful.
6. Cafe Lafite in Exile
Lafitte's is the oldest Gay bar in the country and has a long and interesting history. During his years in New Orleans, Tennessee Williams used to frequent Lafitte's. And his ghost is said to turn up quite often sitting at the end of the bar sipping on a cocktail.
New Orleans most celebrated Carnival event the Bourbon Street Awards were hosted by Lafitte's until the early 80's when massive crowds forced them to move from Bourbon Street to St. Ann and Burgundy. Wood Enterprises continues to host the awards at Rawhide 2010.
Lafitte's also features two floors of music and video.The Dance floor is said to be a popular place to spot a ghost or while shooting Pool. The ghost of a man the regulars call Mr. Bubby is said to be a frisky ghost and has been known to pinch a but or two.
Many say the actual ghost of Truman Capotes' ghost haunts the small stairwell leading to the second floor and and very often his ghost has been captured on video and film. Others say he even strikes up a a very cute conversation as they meet him on the stairs. Many orbs, strange mist and strong glows appear in photos taken here.
Downstairs you'll find the main bar. where a few ex Bartenders speak of Ghost sitting and enjoying themselves at the center bar. Upstairs you'll find a pool table and the balcony! During Carnival, because the Gay crowd dominates this part of Bourbon Street, people tend to be a little more "adventurous" in their pursuit of beads and the balcony at Lafitte's can be quite "entertaining." Many locals, Ghost hunters and tourist have reported seeing many ghost on the reported haunted New Orleans balcony that surrounds the second floor over looking Bourbon Street and Dumaine. Ghostly figures are said to walk upon it and even wave to tourist then just disapear. or hollar out at many a passerby.
Famous ghost that have been said to have been encountered or be seen near or at Cafe Lafitte in Exile are none other then Marie Laveau, Jean Lafitte and his Brother, Truman capote, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Tennesee Williams, Huey P. Long, and Louis Armstrong.
Lafitte's is popular and Haunted all year round and is open 24 hours a day.
The actual claim to being first may be questionable, but Lafitte's status as one of the French Quarter's premier gay and lesbian nightspots is beyond popular dispute.
It's also a popular spot for straight locals and the adventurous tourist, as the ceaseless crowds will attest. Legend has it that Tennessee Williams was a patron of this establishment; he followed his friend Tom Caplinger, who opened it after leaving Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop.
Lafitte In Exile was the original home of the Bourbon Street Awards, one of the most celebrated Carnival events in the gay community until massive crowds forced the relocation of the ceremony.
Both floors feature music and videos, with the main bar situated downstairs. Upstairs, there's a pool table and the club's infamous balcony, where rowdy patrons look out over this particular stretch of the Quarter and can be quite, er, flashy.
901 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Tel: 1-504-522-8397 www.lafittes.com
7.The Sultans Palace, Gardette-LePrete Haunted House
One of the most mysterious ghosts in the French Quarter is that of the “Sultan”. He reportedly roams the halls of the four-story house at 716 Dauphine St., on the corner of Dauphine and Orleans Ave.
Gardette-LePrete Haunted Hous, this impressive domicile was the New Orleans home in the 1870s to a mysterious middle easterner who was rumored to maintain a harem. He and his companions were all found hacked to pieces one morning, some say at the request of the angry sultan to whom the harem actually belonged.
Le Pretre Haunted Mansion
In 1839 Jean Baptiste Le Pretre bought this 1836 Greek Revival house at 716 Dauphine St. and added the romantic cast-iron galleries. The house is the subject of a real-life horror story: Sometime in the 19th century, a Turk, supposedly the brother of a sultan, arrived in New Orleans and rented the Le Pretre house. He was conspicuously wealthy, and his entourage included many servants and more than a few beautiful young girls -- all thought to have been stolen from the sultan.
Rumors quickly spread about the situation, even as the home became the scene of lavish entertainment with guest lists that included the cream of society. One night, shrieks came from inside the house; the very next morning, neighbors entered and found the tenant's body lying in a pool of blood surrounded by the bodies of the young beauties. The mystery remains unsolved to this very day. Local ghost experts say you can hear exotic music and ghostly shrieks on the right night.
The Beauregard-Keyes house in the New Orleans French Quarter has a reputation that is known to be very haunted.
Historically Known to be haunted The Beauregard-Keyes House, was built in 1826 for wealthy auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier. It is a fine example of a raised, center-hall house. It derives it's name from two of its former residents, Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant (P.G.T.) Beauregard and author Frances Parkinson Keyes.
General Beauregard and his family lived in the home from 1866 to 1868 while he was president of the New Orleans, Jackson, and Great Northern Railroad.
Mrs. Keyes used the home as her winter residence for 25 years, where she wrote many of her books including Dinner at Antoine’s, The Chess Players, Madame Castel’s Lodger, and Blue Camellia.
In a house as old as the Beauregard-Keyes House, you know there'd be a ghost or two haunting it. Aside from a few run-of-the-mill vaporous presences, Orbs and sounds the Beauregard-Keyes House, located at 1113 Chartres St., claim some that one of the city's more spectacular haunting's occurs here in the early morning hours.
Many supernatural sightings revolve around the mansion's most auspicious resident. Some of the local folks say that this haunted Creole mansion comes alive in gory battle of warfare, when a supernatural version of the Battle of Shiloh rages in the main hall. It has been said that "Men with mangled limbs and blown-away faces swirl in a confused dance of death," wrote Victor C. Klein in his 1996 book New Orleans Ghosts. "Horses and mules appear and are slaughtered by grapeshot and cannon. The pungent smell of blood and decay permeates the restless atmosphere."
The Beauregard-Keyes house is also well known as the sight of a haunted bloody mafia massacre. It has been said that in the beautifully hedge garden, you can smell fresh gunpowder, and you can hear shots being fired while in the house from the garden. Many say they have seen strange shadows and figures moving, running madly around the garden fountain in their eternal dance of death.
One strange haunted tale tells of Paul Munni, a world-class chess master. Munni was said to have went insane while living in the beautiful home. In his crazed wild insanity, Munni ran naked from the house, to Ursaline Street with an large axe, He was looking to kill anyone he would find. And the first to cross his path would die. The police subdued him and that's where the tale ends.
The Beauregard-Keyes House- Patrons to the museum have reported that after closing one evening they stayed to take photos of the house. When the photos were developed there were some mysterious unexplainable images in them. In the pictures there appears to be two civil war era soldiers standing in front of the window looking out. The guests were sure that no other people were in the museum at the time that the photos were taken. This former hotel was also the site of a mafia massacre. It is said that at times you can smell gunpowder and hear gunshots in the garden area of the hotel.
Built in 1886, this grand Cresent city haunted hotel has documented more than a dozen earthbound entities. A team from the International Society of Paranormal Research (ISPR) identified such creatures as “Red”, the faithful engineer; William Wildemer, a guest who most likely died in the hotel; a ten-year-old boy who often plays hide-and-seek with another young spirit; a star-crossed lover and others. The Hotel says all of their ghosts are friendly.
The Hotel Monteleone was one of America’s few family- owned. Historic Haunted hotel located in the New Orleans French Quarter.
A home away from home to some countless movie stars, dignitaries, royalty and political kingpins. Traditional European style guest rooms are carefully detailed and comfortable.
Numerous spirits are said to haunt this spectacular hotel. And it's large Grandfather clock, located in the hotel lobby. It is said that the ghost of it's maker is seen working on it at different times of the day and night.
From days gone by to recent new sightings, of ghost walking the halls and the main entrance. One recent guest told the tale of a man appearing in their room over the past New Orleans Mardi Gras Season, wearing only a feathered mask. This totally naked ghost, they said he turned and disappeared before their eyes.
Other Ghost stories from guest and hotel staff tell of this New Orleans Hotel. Often tell of the spirits of a Jazz singer in a room wailing in the middle of the night, A lost child who ask for help takes your hand then looks up into your eyes and disappears. And the spirit of who they say is that of the hotels original owner.
The strange happenings at the haunted Hotel Monteleone will be featured October 28 and 30, 2004, on the Travel Channel’s “Weird Travels” program. “Spirits of the South” profiles the entities living in the 118-year old French Quarter hotel that were documented and “caught on tape” by investigators with the International Society for Paranormal Research in 2003. The show will debut at 7:00 p.m., and air again at 10:00 p.m. on October 28. It will also have a Halloween day showing on October 31, at 1:00 p.m.
“The staff and hotel occupants have come to live with and even welcome the ghosts, so we welcome the opportunity to share our experiences with those not familiar with the stories,” explained Andrea Thornton, director of sales of marketing for Hotel Monteleone. “The nationwide audience and even New Orleans area viewers are in for a real treat to see who and what lie behind the doors of the Quarter’s oldest hotel.”
“Spirits of the South” begins in Memphis, Tennessee, where an ancient Egyptian curse still casts a spell on the city, and a modern-day pyramid marks a portal into the paranormal. Next, it’s off to the hills of western North Carolina to the Graystone Cabins, where creatures from another world still lurk around every tree, and a sordid love triangle leaves a ghost wandering the forests. Then, it’s down to the Big Easy for a stop at Brennan's restaurant, a visit at the Hotel Monteleone and a quick tour of an old-fashioned steamboat, whose captain was murdered. The special ends in Savannah, Georgia where the night sky hums with the echoes of the dead from the famed St. Bonaventure Cemetery and the 1790 Inn.
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About Hotel Monteleone
Since 1886, the Hotel Monteleone (www.hotelmonteleone.com) has proudly stood as one of the first landmarks in the famous French Quarter. The hotel is the Quarter’s largest full-service hotel, featuring 600 comfortable, luxurious guestrooms and suites. Hotel Monteleone is within walking-distance of some of New Orleans most famous attractions, and is conveniently located 11 miles from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Hotel Monteleone is a two-time, AAA Four Diamond award-winner, and has won the J.D. Power and Associates Upscale Hotel Award for “An Outstanding Guest Experience” for the past three years.
Follow the links below to learn more about the spirits of Hotel Monteleone.
10.Day of the Dead Ritual
Voodoo rituals commemorating the ancestors and sacred dead coincide with the timing of other such rituals the world over. The Day of the Dead rituals observed by the practitioners of vodoun, however, tend to be the least public and least accessible of all voodoo rituals. Generally, these rituals are celebrated on or about the 1st of November, a date that coincides with the Catholic observance of All Saints’ Day. Sometimes, however, the vodoun rituals will begin one to two days prior to this holy day. Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman traditionally hosts a Day of the Dead (or, Dia de los Muertos) ritual in which she honors the ancestors (the family Lwas) and the powerful Lwas who advocate for the dead as they cross the dark waters of the Great Abyss. Paramount in these celebrations is the honoring of Gede, the great Lwa of death and regeneration. Gede, and his family of Gueddes, as well as Manmam Brigit, his wife, all hold prominent roles in voodoo commemoration of the dead. Offerings to Gede or Manmam Brigit are appropriate on this occasion; these include black and purple candles, sunglasses with one eye missing (to acknowledge Gede’s ability to see in both worlds – living and dead), cigars and cigarettes, rum, spicy pork, bones, graveyard stones and dirt, crosses, black jewels, and raw cotton. Devotees are often invited to participate in the Day of the Dead Voodoo Rituals by bringing photographs or other items that commemorate their deceased loved ones and by participating in a ritual “Dumb Supper” under the direction of the Mambo or priestess.